To look at someone or something and then look again because you suddenly recognize him, her, or it or notice that something unusual is happening. Cambridge dictionary: do a double take
A joint exhibition by painter Eeva-Riitta Eerola and video artist Jenni Toikka, Double Take examines the power of visual information, the reading of images, and the formation of their meaning. The result is a collage study of sorts that combines different media (including painting, video and found objects) – an experience defined by unexpected correspondences.
In addition to the act of looking again, the title Double Take is also a reference to two authors – to the fact that the show is what it is precisely because it was created by two artists working together instead of independently. The phrase also alludes to repeated observation and contemplation, such as when the two artists choose an object or a shape that interests them both and they create variations of it in each other’s medium. The exhibition looks at things and pictures from a variety of perspectives and also juxtaposes them. It poses the question whether this is a method that can be used to challenge existing, established views.
Eerola and Toikka met when they were students at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. They have tested collaboration previously on a small scale, but Double Take is their first exhibition as an artist duo. They share a number of qualities as artists, including a processual approach, a search for intuitive solutions, and the use of juxtaposition in constructing a piece.
Eeva-Riitta Eerola (b. 1980) graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2010. Apart from Finland, she has most recently participated in exhibitions in Copenhagen and Los Angeles. She will also exhibit her paintings at Helsinki Contemporary from 10 March to 2 April 2017. Eerola has works in the collections of EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, the Sara Hildén Art Museum and the Wihuri Foundation. www.eevariittaeerola.com
Jenni Toikka (b.1983) graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2012. In addition to solo exhibitions, her videos have been screened in several international group exhibitions and festivals. Her video Adaptation won an award at the Start Point exhibition in the Czech Republic. She has work in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, and the Saastamoinen Foundation. jennitoikka.blogspot.fi
The exhibition is generously supported by the VISEK Centre for the Promotion of Visual Art.